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There are some truly creative installs out there and I have to credit y'all for some truly inspiring work. But all the installs I've seen for a 2nd Gen X were for mini-CBs and that just wasn't gonna cut it for me. I wanted a full-size CB, but i also wanted a decent stereo with a monitor for a back-up camera ( if you've ever used the back-up camera for lining up with a trailer hitch you'll know why i wanted that capability so badly). when i got to pokin' around in the dash i figured with a bit of creativity I'd have room for a scanner too. I've never been one to shy away frome something just 'cuz I ain't seen it done before so I gathered my hammer and vice-grips and set about removin' some stuff from the of' dash area. So the dash came apart like they do, which isn't to say it comes apart easy?.. But once I gutted the thing and got to measurin' the space available I found that a standard single-din stereo will fit quite a bit higher in the dash than the standard stereo installation location.. That gave more room below for the other bits. The Uniden BCT 8 scanner is the same height as a single-din stereo but isn't as wide nor as deep so fittin' it in there wasn't a problem either. But gettin' a full-size CB was the whole point of this project and that was a bit tougher. The CB is just a tic wider and deeper than a single din stereo so there's only so many options of height and angle. As it tuned out, if it weren't for the climate controls, the CB would fit perfect in all the wasted space they had occupied. After scratchin' my head fer a bit and tryin' on the ol' Lateral Thinking hat, I relocated the climate controls to the tray under the dash and forward of the shifter. The climate control cluster friction-fits at the perfect angle there, with its wires routed around behind the upper console plastic. All without any major surgery. With them out of the way it was just a matter of sorting out some bracket ray to hold the whole kit together. I used a Scosche aftermarket faceplate. It has side plates for mounting the stereo and retains the faceplate-to-firewall mounting tabs. The Metra faceplate didn't have those and I think this might be too heavy to get on without them. So I built a stack of the stereo (Jensen something or other) and the scanner with 1/4" spacers between for air circulation. I drilled a couple new holes in the faceplates side tabs to hold the stereo in a higher position and the scanner just under it and used a Dremel to cut out the opening in the faceplate to allow it. Then with the stereo and scanner secured to the faceplate. I used plumber strapping to make a drop-mount for the CB. The CB sits about 1.5" below the scanner so I used the Dremel again to cut an opening ere for the face of the CB. The plumbers strapping held the CB vertically so I added another piece of strapping on each side of the CB to secure it to the back side of the console faceplate. That keeps the CB from moving in and out in the opening, the connection to the radio stack keeps it from moving up and down and the friction of the whole setup prevents any squeaks and rattles. Well that was nice and all but I still had that 2" gap between the CB and the scanner... Insert dual Ultra Gauges. These things a pretty cheap and wildly useful... But they only come with a single OBD plug and no way to install them in parallel or series... So with razor and electrical tape I set about surgically splicing two UltraGuages onto one OBD plug.... And it worked. So the whole kit is installed and functional. The stereo is on top, below that is a scanner, below that are dual ultra gauges, below those is the CB, and below that is the climate control cluster. All that's left is to use the Metra console faceplate to make a nicer enclosure around the climate control cluster. I've already got a 110vac inverter behind there, it just needs a more finished looking enclosure.

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there are some truly creative installs out there and i have to credit y'all for some truly inspiring work.
But all the installs I've seen for a 2nd gen x were for mini-cbs and that just wasn't gonna cut it for me.

I wanted a full-size CB, but i also wanted a decent stereo with a monitor for a back-up camera
( if you've ever used the back-up camera for lining up with a trailer hitch you'll know why i wanted that capability so badly).
When i got to poking' around in the dash i figured with a bit of creativity I'd have room for a scanner too.
I've never been one to shy away from something just 'cuz i ain't seen it done before so i gathered my hammer and vice-grips and set about removing' some stuff from the of' dash area.

So the dash came apart like they do, which isn't to say it comes apart easy?.. But once i gutted the thing and got to measuring' the space available i found that a standard single-din stereo will fit quite a bit higher in the dash than the standard stereo installation location..
That gave more room below for the other bits. The Uniden bct 8 scanner is the same height as a single-din stereo but isn't as wide nor as deep so fitting' it in there wasn't a problem either.

But getting' a full-size CB was the whole point of this project and that was a bit tougher. The CB is just a tic wider and deeper than a single din stereo so there's only so many options of height and angle. As it tuned out, if it weren't for the climate controls, the CB would fit perfect in all the wasted space they had occupied.

After scratching' my head fer a bit and trying' on the old' lateral thinking hat, i relocated the climate controls to the tray under the dash and forward of the shifter. The climate control cluster friction-fits at the perfect angle there, with its wires routed around behind the upper console plastic. All without any major surgery.

With them out of the way it was just a matter of sorting out some bracket ray to hold the whole kit together. I used a scosche aftermarket faceplate. It has side plates for mounting the stereo and retains the faceplate-to-firewall mounting tabs. The metra faceplate didn't have those and i think this might be too heavy to get on without them.

So i built a stack of the stereo (Jensen something or other) and the scanner with 1/4" spacers between for air circulation. I drilled a couple new holes in the face-plates side tabs to hold the stereo in a higher position and the scanner just under it and used a Dremel to cut out the opening in the faceplate to allow it.
Then with the stereo and scanner secured to the faceplate. I used plumber strapping to make a drop-mount for the CB. The CB sits about 1.5" below the scanner so i used the Dremel again to cut an opening ere for the face of the CB.
The plumbers strapping held the CB vertically so i added another piece of strapping on each side of the CB to secure it to the back side of the console faceplate. That keeps the CB from moving in and out in the opening, the connection to the radio stack keeps it from moving up and down and the friction of the whole setup prevents any squeaks and rattles.

Well that was nice and all but i still had that 2" gap between the CB and the scanner... Insert dual ultra gauges. These things a pretty cheap and wildly useful... But they only come with a single obd plug and no way to install them in parallel or series...
So with razor and electrical tape i set about surgically splicing two ultraguages onto one ODBII plug.... And it worked.
So the whole kit is installed and functional. The stereo is on top, below that is a scanner, below that are dual ultra gauges, below those is the CB, and below that is the climate control cluster. All that's left is to use the metra console faceplate to make a nicer enclosure around the climate control cluster. I've already got a 110vac inverter behind there, it just needs a more finished looking enclosure.
.................FIFY
Cant get the photos to work.
Hard to believe you did all that typing on a mobile device.......
 

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I have a Cobra 75WX hand held CB radio. Keeps from having the massive box on/around the dash. Not as good as some CBs, but still does the job.
 

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you have the pics on your google+ account. If we aren't signed into google+, we can't see them.

open a photobucket account, upload them there, then post the link like this



remove the spaces and it'll post. i'm curious to see what you've done
 

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Pics thing is being weird I guess. When I click the link it opens the image. Tried on a different computer without logging in here and it still shows the pics when I click the link... Not sure what else to do.

The stereo is a Jensen VM92series mated to the original RF harness and is driving the stock amp and all the speakers. I'm no audiophile so it sounds fine to my working class ears. The screen retracts into the HU if I want to be less conspicuous.

The scanner is a Uniden BCT-8 with trunk-tracking which makes following trucked-system conversations possible but mostly I got it to track aviation radio (that's a separate long story)

The CB is a Uniden too, BC-880. All the bells and whistles except side band which I never used anyway. It's a good little radio right out of the box with an average 4-mile TX range and twice that on RX. The down side is that my GPS (Garmin) sends some pretty loud RF interference to the CB...

The whole assembly is plug-n-play with the original RF HU and dash section. It ain't exactly an easy swap between the two setups but with just a screwdriver and about 15 minutes I can convert it all back to stock. Just in case I ever want to sell or trade in this truck, I wanted a setup that didn't prevent a simple reversion back to the factory setup. That way I keep all my kit for the next truck
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